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Dr. Elisabeth Hagen Sworn In as USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety

Dr. Elisabeth Hagen is sworn in to her new position as Under Secretary for Food Safety. Pearlie S. Reed, Assistant Secretary for Administration, swears her in as her husband, Dr. Daniel Gabbay, holds the Bible.

Dr. Elisabeth Hagen is sworn in to her new position as Under Secretary for Food Safety. Pearlie S. Reed, Assistant Secretary for Administration, swears her in as her husband, Dr. Daniel Gabbay, holds the Bible.

Secretary Tom Vilsack’s sunny office overlooking the National Mall set the perfect background this morning for Elisabeth Hagen’s first moments as USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety.

While her husband, Dr. Daniel Gabbay, proudly held the Bible on which she was sworn in, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen was excitedly welcomed to her new position. Because Secretary Vilsack was traveling, Assistant Secretary Pearlie Reed administered the oath before an excited group of USDA staff.

Hagen is no stranger to food safety as she makes her seamless transition from USDA Chief Medical Officer at Food Safety and Inspection Service, where she played a vital role in developing and executing the agency’s scientific and public health agendas.

As her oath was finished, Hagen sealed her vows with a kiss to her husband and an appreciative speech to the small crowd in the Secretary’s office. “I am so grateful to President Obama and Secretary Vilsack for this incredible opportunity to help the American people,” Hagen said. “With two young kids of my own, I know how important it is for parents to be able to put safe and healthy food on the dinner table every night – and I’m going to be working with the amazing staff here at FSIS every single day to make sure that happens.”

In a statement, Secretary Vilsack said of Hagen’s appointment, “There is no higher priority at USDA than ensuring that Americans have access to a safe and healthy food supply, and Dr. Hagen’s background as the Chief Medical Officer and senior executive within USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will enable her to successfully lead the effort to develop and execute the agency’s scientific and public health agenda, and continue to build the coordination with public health partners at federal, state, and local levels needed to achieve the objectives of President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group.”

One Response to “Dr. Elisabeth Hagen Sworn In as USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety”

  1. I have a right to know what's in my food says:

    How sad that the good doctor forgot her oath. It seems money blinded her as well from doing the greater good of what her role actually entails or maybe she can play the victim card and claim she is truly powerless do to anything about it considering the legal framework and constraints of her job as she states. Well, if that’s the case then what’s the purpose of her job? Also, why take the job? I’m sure she doesn’t feed her own kids pink slime even though she claims it’s so safe but she has no problem with other americans consuming it along with other poorly labeled and process foods, after all it’s a numbers game right, if some die so what, as long as companies can turn a profit and people have jobs that’s all that matters, even if it’s at the cost of our own health.

    So I guess the question beckons itself, are there any good americans still left out there? Or at this point, have we all sold our souls?

    Good for you doctor, keep up the good work. Kudos to you for being part of the problem instead of the solution.

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